Algorithm for Temple Reconstruction With Consideration of Anatomic and Defect Characteristics

Asaf Olshinka, Renata Maricevich, Tamir Shay, Avi A. Cohen, Dean Ad-El, Kausar Ali

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The temple is an intriguing region of the face with unique anatomic features, such as the temporal hairline, concave contour, and close proximity to vital structures like the frontal branch of the facial nerve. However, cancerous skin lesions can plague this sun-exposed region and, when excised, it can result in large and significant defects. Reconstruction in this area is a formidable challenge for surgeons, as it requires comprehensive knowledge of temple morphology and the use of creative techniques in order to minimize disruption of surrounding functional and aesthetic structures. In this study, we describe our experience with temple reconstruction in patients of varying defect size and depth. Based on these defect characteristics, anatomic and aesthetic principles of the temple, we propose a surgical algorithm for temple reconstruction to aid surgeons in achieving optimal results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1261-1265
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2020


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